Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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7 Responses to Language quiz

  1. prase says:

    Probably a biblical recording in a Semitic language, mybe Syriac?

  2. old_nomad says:

    Pronunciation of Eve as ['jeva] probably shows into direction of Russian influence.

  3. old_nomad says:

    Perhaps Ossetian (Ironian)? The text may be from the 2011 translation of Bible. I cannot find this exact fragment, but it sounds somewhat similar.

  4. daydreamer says:

    With words ending with the nasal vowel -âo at the beginning of the recording my first mpression was that it could be some sort of corrupt Portuguese.
    But, then hearing “adAm ama’ yEva” several times, obviously for “Adam and Eve”, I’m convinced now that it’s the language which has “ama’” for “and”. Too bad, I don’t know the name of that language. hehe..

  5. old_nomad says:

    Indeed, in Ossetian “and” is æмæ [əmə]…

  6. Lucas says:

    There’s no nasal diphtong “ão” in the recording. I could only hear a regular “ao” diphtong at the beginning. This seems to be the Ossetian recording of the Bible from globalrecordings.net.

  7. Simon says:

    The answer is Ossetian (ирон ӕвзаг / дигорон ӕвзаг) a Northeastern Iranian language spoken in Ossetia in Georgia and the Russian Federation.

    The recording comes from the GRN.